"The lang toun" Kirkcaldy by iaint

Kirkcaldy Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 116 photos

Home town?

I've lived here for 16 years now, and it better than the locals say!

5 minutes to the sea shore, 5 minutes to the countryside, 30 minutes to little fishing villages and quiet beaches, 30 minutes to Edinburgh.

what to know...

First, it's in Fife (Scotland) just north of Edinburgh. In fact you can see Edinburgh just across the waters of the Firth of Forth.

Second, it's a commercial town, not really a tourist orientated destination, although it is worth a visit.

It's the birth place and home town of the economist Adam Smith.

Coincidentally, it's the birthplace of current UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He's also the town's representative in the UK Parliament.

close by...

You have Falkland Palace only 15 minutes away - a former royal palace. Small, so you only need half a day to get round. Definitely worth the trip.

St Andrews is only 45 minutes drive, to see the home of golf and an ancient university town. Love it.

Editor's note:-
Several of the tips are for places which are not in Kirkcaldy. It's more of a Fife page than a Kirkcaldy one, as I'm not wanting to start a homepage for each town or village with a restaurant I can recommend! Anyway, I live here so it's the centre of the universe!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:see intro
  • Cons:people are dour
  • In a nutshell:an acquired taste, rough diamond, hidden treasure?
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Truly a wonderful place to visit, but especially live. You have depicted a very nice scene of your town

  • katalin's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    great page and pictures!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Well Iain, I really enjoyed a wander through your Kirkcaldy pages here. You certainly live in a great place!...that cruise looks like fun!! :o) We should catch up for a drink next year :o) Cheers, Ann.

  • Chuckaziz's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Hello Iain. I found your page on Kirkcaldy, especially the photograph of Dysart harbour, very interesting. Maybe I should travel up north to Scotland on my next trip to the UK.

  • catnl's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    awesome area to live, your lucky:-) great tips here thanx for sharing, happy easter

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    What a great place to live, with the sea always just round the corner, the lights of ships in the distance and so many different things to do. Loved the picture of the priory on the island. I'd prefer some Scottish music on the cruise.

  • cpiers47's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Sounds like a great place to be! Beautiful pictures of the sea.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2008 at 1:03 AM

    Seems very nice; now I'm working on my St Andrews page

  • leecouk12324's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2008 at 2:26 AM

    Must put my Inchcolm Island pic on here - however Maybe it would have to go on a things to in Edinburgh page - although perhaps technically not in Edinburgh

  • tracylacie's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    I will have to add Kirkcaldy to my next Scotland trip! Tracy~

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